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Remembering Dr. Abraham Nemeth

2013 October 9
by jnoblitt

We mourn the passing last week of Dr. Abraham Nemeth, whose groundbreaking development of braille code for math, called Nemeth Code, made it possible for those with print disabilities to read complex mathematics. Many here at Benetech and in the DIAGRAM community at large knew Dr. Nemeth personally. One of those is Robert Jaquiss, Director of the 3-D Tactile Graphics Division, American Thermaform Corporation, who shares this remembrance:

I knew Dr. Nemeth for 20 years. I first met Dr. Nemeth when I was appointed to the National Federation of the Blind’s Committee on Research and Development in 1993. Being a newly appointed member, I remember the feeling of awe when I was in a room with luminaries such as Dr. Nemeth, Dr. Cranmer, and Dr. Foulke. At least twice during the last twenty years, I roomed with Dr. Nemeth. He was a great man whose wit was always sharp. Dr. Nemeth was a tireless advocate for braille. He proved that writing math using the UEB code was awkward and even impossible for some equations. His code will live on and those who are blind will benefit from it. He will be missed.

Do you have a remembrance you would like to share? Please add your thoughts to the comments section of this post.

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